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6th Zika case confirmed for Shelby County

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A sixth case of Zika has been confirmed in Shelby County by the health department.

The first Zika case in Shelby County occurred in April. Shelby County Health Department said all six cases have been the result of travelers returning home from countries where Zika is prevalent.

SCHD stresses that the virus is almost always mild, except in pregnant woman. About 80 percent of people contracted never show any symptoms.

SCHD recommends the following to protect yourself against mosquitoes:

  • Apply repellants to skin often; these can include lotions, liquids, or sprays. SCHD recommends the use of repellants which contain DEET, Picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane 3,8-diol, and IR3535.
  • Wear long, loose and light-colored shirts and pants and wear socks. Tucking shirts in pants and tucking pants into socks will help form a barrier. Wear closed shoes or boots instead of sandals.
  • In remote locations lacking window screens and/or air conditioning, the use of bed nets is advised. These should reach the floor or be tucked under the mattress.
  • Avoid perfumes, colognes and products with fragrances that might attract mosquitoes.

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